BALEARIC President Francesc Antich said yesterday one of his main objectives as President of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion is that it will have “more weight” so as to be in a better position to attract European funding.

The Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, a transnational alliance of regions based roughly around the medieval Kingdom of Aragon was founded in 2004 to share synergies and attract EU investment. It comprises the Spanish regions of the Balearics, Catalonia and Aragon, and the French regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees.

Antich made his comments after a meeting of the advisory committee to the Euroregion encompassing unions, employers, island councillors, members of the Balearic Government executive and the Minister for the President's Office, Albert Moragues. The President said he was “happy” at the participation of civil society in the Euroregion initiative. He added that his intention was to share the future with other European countries and that during the Balearics' presidency “not a single opportunity could be lost”. “The presidency of the Euroregion opens up a series of possibilities that permits the archipelago to share synergies and is a clear opportunity in terms of environmental, cultural and social development,” added Antich.